Do you know what’s amazing? Being forced away from the Internet and having the opportunity to read. I know. It sounds so simple. But lately, that’s a huge, huge thing for me. See, I have this thing where I work 24/7. OK, so not really 24/7, but more like 16/7. And that is not lie. If I’m not working online, I’m looking for more work online. Or blogging. Or e-mailing. It’s quite pathetic really. And I know it should probably stop. But I rationalize it as, I just need to get ahead in my career now, I’ll have time for relaxing and reading later. And blogging is relaxing to me, so I don’t really count that.
But when I took the train to NYC on Sunday and back to Boston on Wednesday, there was no Internet access. Yes, this greatly confused me as you can take a bus for $30 with wireless. But the train for $180 has no wireless. At first I was like, “Ugh think about all the work I could get done in those 8 hours!” But then I read instead. And it was absolutely amazing.
And it made me realize how much I miss reading. It also made me realize how important it is to be dating someone who can sit next to me reading his own book. One who will recommend books for me to read. Who will ask me what the book I’m reading is about. There’s nothing happier to me than sitting next to someone you love, both engaged in your own worlds, but together. And then sharing those worlds with each other.
I have a huge stack of books waiting for me right now and I’m so excited to put away my computer more often and get reading. And luckily, I have a few vacations planned where I’ll have plenty of reading time. Except for my Jet Blue flight to San Francisco, which has wifi access, and during which I’ll be working non-stop. I know, I know. But I need to pay the bills somehow. Plus, Hawaii is going to get me about 17 hours each way all full of reading. And while I’m obviously incredibly excited for my Hawaii adventures, I’m almost as excited to sit on a plane reading.
Have you read anything good lately? I’d like to make my stack a little bit higher!